From Walker to Leader
Stacy Tattar takes over as walk chair
By MELISSA BABCOCK JOHNSON
Stacy Tattar of Mystic was a participant in TBBCF’s Walk for a Cure last October. Each of the 13.1 miles that passed underfoot brought her reflection and inspiration.
She said joining the event was “a true honor” and added, “The walk meant a great deal to me as I reflected upon all the women in my life battling this disease at various stages.”
Now she’s taking over the whole production, bringing her leadership and budgeting experience to the role of walk chair. She’s replacing Kate Davis, who will continue as operations manager. The 17th annual walk, the first under Stacy’s leadership, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Davis said, “I am excited about working together with Stacy to continue this important work. I am reenergized by her enthusiasm and passion for the foundation and our mission of directing 100% to breast cancer research.”
TBBCF President Patti Burmahl added, “She is a nurse by training, but her passion, energy and ability to engage and collaborate with others will make her a great walk chair.”
Tattar worked as a registered nurse in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida and Texas over the past decade. Before that, she spent two years as a social work counselor in California.
She married her husband, Norm, last April and is the proud stepmother of Andi and her wife, Shelby. Tattar stays healthy with daily activities like high-intensity interval training (HIIT), yoga, weightlifting and walks in the woods, on which she sometimes brings her dogs, Pearl, Sterling and Toshi.
Tattar said her goal this year with TBBCF is to “get to know the organization, team leads and role of walk chair to replicate a beautiful experience on Oct. 1 for the participants, volunteers and community.”
That shouldn’t be difficult. The community-oriented Tattar volunteers at the Giving Garden in Mystic and Groton Family Farm and, until last year, Mystic Yoga Shala, where she managed the studio’s scholarship fund and assisted the owner with daily operations.
As pleased as Tattar is to be joining TBBCF, the responsibility she’s taken on to coordinate the foundation’s primary fundraising event does not escape her.
“The position excites and scares me at the same time!” she said. “I fell in love with your organization the moment I read about it. Applying for this opportunity felt like a natural progression.”